Seeing as I come often I thought I'd drop another review!
I think this place is a really good gym for the busy person who doesn't like to arse about and hasn't got much money to play with! Without going into too much detail about equipment (I'll leave that to the experts and fitness obsessed), i can say there's a lot of it. You are bound to get a piece of cardio equipment. Lots and lots of treadmills, crosstrainers and bikes here. You are spoilt for choice on that front. Still a relatively smaller free weights selection, but there's enough. Avoid very busy time and there's no need to worry. There are loads of lockers and. Don't have many complaints about the shower facilities either.
Some would say the facilities are a bit basic if they're used to frills like a swimming pool, sauna, access to hair dryers, some more high tech equipment, etc, but here you get what you pay for. You have pay for a lock on your first time too (which probably keeps costs down), but I like the lock. I hate having to remember to bring a £1 coin all the time!
The staff are really friendly, approachable, and it's always good to see cleaning staff doing their thing often (the gripes I've had with gyms in the past are messy changing rooms and dusty equipment!). I've never had a problem with the staff and I loved my personal trainer's advice and training.
The clientele are all pretty chilled and keep themselves to themselves. That can be a bad thing if you are used to a gym where everyone knows everyone and theres a real community feel. This is a gym for busy people. This whole area where The Gym is located caters to the busy. Your typical user is probably a city worker or student. Saying that this place does seem to thin out a bit on summer holidays, evenings and on weekends (I would love to work out more often on weekends if I lived near).
Speaking of clientele, I don't see stupid behaviour in the free weights section much at all (and free weights for me is usually the hub of stupid gym behaviour). The women to men ratio is pretty much even when I go, so you can take it from me it's not a sausage or taco fest (well the main free weights section is a bit of a sausage fest but that's every free weights section ever).
As usual avoid rush hour if you are an anti-social gym goer like me and love loads of space to work out! It does get really busy in here on weekdays from 5pm to 7pm.
I joined this gym last week after searching around for a good deal but with the features I wanted. It's time I get my fitness back intime for spring rather than waiting for the arrival of spring which is a bit late to get working on the infamous 'bikini body'.
After enquiring with Virgin Active et al, and simply deciding these gyms were wildly outside my budget, even with their 'student' offers, which weren't cheap at all, and was looking at £45pm, I enquired into 'The Gym' in the Core, Leeds.
Now the reason I chose this gym over Pure Gym is as follows (I used to be a member of Pure Gym):
The membership is less, £15.99pm over £18.99 at Pure
They over no joining fee to NUS card holders, which is great for students, particularly if you want to stop and start again over summer.
The space is bigger, and better air conditioned, Pure Gym is HOT.
After attending the gym and having an induction with one of the members of staff it was confirmed I had made the right choice. The Gym is spacious with lots of space to move around and there is a large selection of great quality machinery and reisitance equipment. In fact the equipment didn't seem any less of a high standard that Virgin Active. The staff member was brilliant during my induction and highlighted what I should be using and doing to help achieve my goals, and made the team there seem friendly and approachable.
The reason I was drawn to Virgin Active was so I could take part in a wide range of classes, including Yoga, as there are not many places near me to do this at a good price. However there are a selection of instructor led classes at The Gym, but on top of this they offer virtual classes. The virtual classes and a great idea to keep membership fees low whilst still offering a large selection, including yoga, and work on a timetabled system, so if you visit the Gym the same time daily, there is a different class each day at that time. I just hope they update them fairly often to keep the members motivated and not get bored.
They also have sun beds available for those who use them, not for me though.
All in all this gym is fantastic value for money, and I am really glad that I joined. Of course this gym is 'no frills' but if it's actual fitness you're seeking, rather than sweating in a sauna for 20 minutes a week The Gym really does deliver.
Good price but you get what you pay for. This gym is really geared towards people who want to do cardio. Although there are a lot of weight machines, for people who want free weights its a very small space with limited equipment. I struggle to get on things even during non peak times. Don't bother coming at peak times if you want free weights.
Big empty room which never seems to be used would probably be better used as another free weight section tbh.
A functional gym that caters for the busy city worker. It's open 24 hours a day - 7 days a week which means it can always fit into your daily routine.
It includes all the latest machines and is never over crowded which makes it very easy to workout.
The staff are very helpful, though I have yet to have a personal fitness session they still offer lots of advice and help.
Overall, its a basic gym, without the frills and luxuries, but doesn't lack in quality.
It's cheap and you get what you pay for. Simples. If you're more serious about training this isn't for you, but if you live an extremely busy lifestyle where the only time you can work out is 10pm then this might be the realistic choice for you
Lots of cardio machines available
Open 24/7, which is good for people with busy lifestyles
Clean (most of the time)
Nice view when you're on the treadmill
* The free weights area is TOO small. It's the biggest negative. It's always busy and it just isn't a comfortable environment whatsoever. You just feel cramped and intimidated. Free weights should be bigger. Can't comment on weights available as i'm a noob who lifts light.
* The lack available staff. Most, if not nearly all staff on the floor are all personal trainers whom you need to pay for their services.
* Lack of induction. Booked an induction and nobody turned up. IMO an induction should be essential.
* Gets very busy in the afternoon and evenings
* Lacks a friendly atmosphere. It just seems too much like a big corporate company gym. The atmosphere really is awful as the previous poster stated.
*Pointless machines the myride machines with screens are pointless. might as well just have spinning machines instead of these big silly things taking up room.
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